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Contact: Heather Nowlin
(801) 581-7222

Pioneer Theatre Company
Announces Local Auditions

a newly discovered comedy by Mark Twain

Date: Auditions for Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of the comedy Is He Dead? will be held Friday, June 5, 2009.

Time: 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. Noon to 1 p.m. is reserved for AEA (Equity) members only, but AEA members may sign up for any time slot.

Callbacks will be the morning of Saturday, June 6, 2009; the time will be announced.

Auditioners will be required to read from the script. Sides will be available and may be checked out on an overnight basis from the theatre offices located in Room 325 at Simmons PMT as early as Friday, May 29, 2009. Scripts will be available for checkout after May 6, 2009. Sign up: The sign-up sheet will be posted by noon on Friday, May 29, 2009 in Room 325 of Simmons PMT. AEA (Equity) members may call ahead to sign up for a time slot. Equity members may call Elizabeth Williamson at (801) 585-5855 to schedule an audition time. This service is available only to Equity members.

Location: Auditions will be held in Room 245 of the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City.

Casting: Is He Dead? includes roles for seven men and four women, all over the age of 18. All roles are open.

Rehearsal and Production Information: Rehearsal dates for the production are Monday, October 5, 2009 – Thursday, October 29, 2009; performance dates are October 30, 2009 – November 14, 2009. PTC Artistic Director Charles Morey will direct the production.

Synopsis: Is He Dead? is a recently discovered comedy originally written by Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives. Millet is a brilliant but impoverished painter, but no one will pay for his paintings while he’s still alive. When his friends persuade him that the secret to success lies in convincing the world he’s dead, Millet hatches a scheme which could make him rich, famous, and able to marry the girl of his dreams-if only he didn’t have to be a corpse to do it.

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